` Proyecto

836-B6-032 Towards a decolonial and intercultural proposal for the Social Work career at the Western Campus.


To contribute in the collective construction of knowledge that refers to Decolonial and Intercultural Social Work.


The construction of equitable societies that are respectful of cultural, social or human diversity in general is a subject that should motivate research, sustained reflection and rigorous debate by social workers, and other professionals in the Social Sciences. Similarly, given the crisis in the dominant paradigm of modern science, which has legitimized hegemonic forms of knowledge, the study of other epistemic trends is essential, such as Decolonial Studies and critical Interculturality, which promote the collective construction of new knowledge corresponding to our rationality as Latin American peoples in dialogue with other rationales in the world (to avoid falling into certain fundamentalisms). In this sense, the purpose of this research project was to analyze in decolonial terms the epistemic foundations of Social Work, as a first step in the construction of a cognitive scaffolding that refers to Decolonial and Intercultural Social Work.


This was done collectively through a process of research-action-reflection between teachers and students, researchers and researchers from the Social Work career at the Western Headquarters. In addition, this project was added to a larger project developed in coordination with other Social Work careers in various countries: University of Antioquia in Colombia, Central University "Marta Abreu de Las Villas" in Cuba, Eichstatt University in Germany, the University Puerto Rico: Río Piedras campus. From this study on the new theoretical-practical trends in Social Work, the characteristics of the current process of vocational training in the Social Work career at the Western Headquarters were analyzed, in order to explore its consistency with the incorporation of contents that refer to Decolonial Studies and human diversity. In summary, the “other” knowledge and epistemic foundations that represent new challenges in the research and professional training of social workers were investigated.


01/03/2016 al 01/03/2018

Áreas de investigación relacionadas:

Regional Studies in Education

Investigador principal:

Marisol Patiño Sánchez

Resultados obtenidos:

The Circle of Study was integrated into decoloniality and interculturality (10 studies of Social Work)

5 Final Graduation Project were integrated into this project.

Editing of the article: “Intercultural and Decolonial Porcesses: challenges for the theory and practice in Social Work” (in Spanish and English) Authors: Marisol Piñeiro Sanchez with the speech of the student of the Circle of Study: Adán López Vargas (in press) Universidat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt. Germany, 2017.


April, 2016: Senti-pensante Decolonial and of Good Living Circle: collective construction of knowledge. I International Congress of Ancestral Knowledge, Interculturality and Development Processes. Indigenous nationalities of Ecuador. Particular Technical University of Loja, Ecuador.

October, 2016: Intercultural and Decolonial Processes: challenges for the theory and practice in Social Work. International Conference about Intercultural and Decolonial Social Work. Universidat Eichstatt-Ingolstadt. Germany.

August, 2016: Interculturality and good living- Sumak Kawsay: the senti-pensante circle. IV International Colloquium on Cultural Diversity and Regional Studies.

October, 2017: Some epistemological keys of Decolonial and Intercultural Social Work. International symposium on challenges for social inclusion from the perspective of Intercultural Social Work. University of Kaunas, Lithuania. 

October, 2017: Towards a decolonial and intercultural proposal for the Social Work career, Research Advance. II CIDICER Research congress.

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